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Welcome to Science Next Door, Fermilab's community newsletter. Once a month, we'll give you the rundown about what's happening here at the laboratory and provide information about our public events. If you would prefer not to receive this newsletter, you can click the "unsubscribe" button below. Thank you!
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NOvA detector sees neutrinos change over 500 miles

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Scientists work on the NOvA near detector at Fermilab. The two NOvA detectors – the other, much larger detector is in Ash River, Minnesota – have recorded their first evidence of neutrinos changing over the 500 mile span between them. Photo: Fermilab.
Imagine leaving your home driving a sports car, and after a 500-mile journey, arriving at your destination driving a minivan. That's how weird the phenomenon of neutrino oscillation is – these mysterious invisible particles can completely change from one type to another over long distances. Fermilab scientists are dedicated to finding out more about this bizarre property, and with the NOvA experiment, they are well on their way.

NOvA is designed to look for changing neutrinos. Fermilab sends one kind – muon neutrinos – in a beam 500 miles through the earth to northern Minnesota, where a massive detector looks for another kind – electron neutrinos – to show up. The NOvA experiment has just released its first results, confirming that this oscillation is taking place.

While this isn't the first time scientists have observed this change, it is the first time it's been seen in the NOvA detector, and it proves that the huge device – 50 feet by 50 feet by 200 feet, made of plastic, mounted with electronics and filled with liquid – sees what it was built to see. That's just the start of the experiment, and over the coming years, scientists working on NOvA will try to crack the secrets of these puzzling particles. Stay tuned.
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Photo column spacer Fermilab Arts and Lecture Series: 10,000 Maniacs – Saturday, Sept. 26, 8 p.m.
For 34 years, 10,000 Maniacs have been creating lush, atmospheric pop music. Their new album, Twice Told Tales, is their ninth, exploring the folk music of the British Isles with their unique twist. Vocalist Mary Ramsey adds a haunting quality to the band's most popular songs, including "Like the Weather," "These Are Days" and their cover of "Because the Night." Tickets are available online now.
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Photo column spacer Ask-a-Scientist: Global Climate Change – Sunday, Sept. 13, 1 p.m.
FREE
Fermilab's Ask-a-Scientist event is one of our most popular. Each month, we invite the public to hear an informative lecture, take a tour and mingle with our scientists, all for the low price of nothing at all. This month's speaker is Erik Ramberg, a longtime Fermilab scientist who helps to run our Saturday Morning Physics program. Ramberg will speak on the issue of global climate change. This event is free, but registration is required, and it's sure to fill up. Sign up online here.
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Photo column spacer Fermilab Arts and Lecture Series: Visualizing the Future of Biomedicine – Friday, Sept. 18, 8 p.m.
Advancements in computing have allowed scientists to understand and create models of even the most complex phenomena, in a number of fields. Chris Johnson, distinguished professor of computer science at the University of Utah, will take the Fermilab stage to tell us about how visual computing has been applied to important problems in biomedicine, with plenty of examples. Johnson is the founding director of the Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute at the University of Utah. Tickets for his talk are available online.
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Photo column spacer Artist Reception: Where Science Inspires Art – Wednesday, Sept. 23, 5-7 p.m.
FREE
The Fermilab Art Gallery brings in artists from all over the world, displaying pieces from many rich cultural traditions. But every few years, we offer Fermilab's own employees a chance to show off their artistic skills, and the results are diverse and fascinating. Last year's show saw more than 50 employees submit works of art, and this year's exhibit, titled Where Science Inspires Art, promises to be similar. The exhibit will run from Sept. 18 to Nov. 30, and will kick off with a reception for the public to meet the artist employees on Sept. 23 from 5-7 p.m. This event is free. The Fermilab Art Gallery is open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please check in at the Wilson Hall reception desk.
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Photo column spacer Fermilab's flagship experiment, DUNE, spotlighted in feature on worldwide neutrino physics
Nature: Age of the neutrino: Plans to decipher mysterious particle take shape
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Photo column spacer Neutrinos and the NOvA experiment take center stage
Forbes: The little particles that might help explain why we're here
The Register: Beaming boffins feel the rhythm as neutrinos oscillate over 500 miles
The Guardian: A good week for neutrinos
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Photo column spacer Fermilab plans expansion with new building
Chicago Tribune: Fermilab expansion plan signals big future at laboratory site
Daily Herald: Fermilab wants to restore ‘sense of grandeur' with new building
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Photo column spacer Conservation Foundation awards Fermilab for ecological efforts
Daily Herald: Fermilab native habitat certified as Conservation@Work site by the Conservation Foundation
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Contact Info
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row spacer Call 630-840-3351 or email fermilab@fnal.gov with questions. Free public tours are offered every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. The Fermilab site is open for visitors every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wilson Hall's 15th-floor viewing area and art gallery are open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and the 15th-floor area is also open on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. row spacer
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Calendar

DZero and Tevatron Tour FREE
Tue., Sept. 1, 1:30 p.m.
Ages 14 and up
THIS EVENT IS FULL

Scottish Country Dancing FREE
Tue., Sept. 1, 7:30-10 p.m.

Get to Know Fermilab Guided Tour FREE
Wed., Sept. 2, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 10 and up

International Folk Dancing FREE
Thu., Sept. 3, 7:30-10 p.m.

Get to Know Lederman Science Center FREE
Sat., Sept. 5, 10 a.m.
Ages 10 and up

Habitat Workday FREE
Mon., Sept. 7, 1 p.m.

Scottish Country Dancing FREE
Tue., Sept. 8, 7:30-10 p.m.

Get to Know Fermilab Guided Tour FREE
Wed., Sept. 9, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 10 and up

International Folk Dancing FREE
Thu., Sept. 10, 7:30-10 p.m.

Ask a Scientist: Global Climate Change FREE
Sun., Sept. 13, 1 p.m.
Grades 6 and up

Barn Dancing
Sun., Sept. 13, 6:30 p.m.

Habitat Workday FREE
Mon., Sept. 14, 1 p.m.

Third Tuesday Steward Workday FREE
Tue., Sept. 15, 12 p.m.

Scottish Country Dancing FREE
Tue., Sept. 15, 7:30-10 p.m.

Get to Know Fermilab Guided Tour FREE
Wed., Sept. 16, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 10 and up

International Folk Dancing FREE
Thu., Sept. 17, 7:30-10 p.m.

Arts & Lecture Series: Visualizing the Future of Biomedicine
Fri., Sept. 18,8 p.m.

Fermilab Prairie Plant Survey FREE
Sat., Sept. 19, 9 a.m.

Big Woods Steward Workday FREE
Sat., Sept. 19, 9 a.m.

Habitat Workday FREE
Mon., Sept. 21, 1 p.m.

Scottish Country Dancing FREE
Tue., Sept. 22, 7:30-10 p.m.

Get to Know Fermilab Guided Tour FREE
Wed., Sept. 23, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 10 and up

Artist Reception: Where Science Inspires Art
Wed., Sept. 23, 5-7 p.m.

Science Adventure: STEM Family Night Planning Workshop
Wed., Sept. 23, 7-9 p.m.
Grades K-8

International Folk Dancing FREE
Thu., Sept. 24, 7:30-10 p.m.

Science Adventure: Junior Prairie Rangers
Sat., Sept. 26, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Grades 4-6

Science Adventure: Lego Engineering Juniors
Sat., Sept. 26, 9:30 a.m.-Noon
Grades 3-5

Arts & Lecture Series: 10,000 Maniacs
Sat., Sept. 26, 8 p.m.

English Country Dancing FREE
Sun., Sept. 27, 2-5 p.m.

Habitat Workday FREE
Mon., Sept. 28, 1 p.m.

Scottish Country Dancing FREE
Tue., Sept. 29, 7:30-10 p.m.

Get to Know Fermilab Guided Tour FREE
Wed., Sept. 30, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 10 and up

COMING IN OCTOBER

Volunteer Prairie Seed Harvest
Sat., Oct. 3, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
FREE

Ask a Scientist: Fermilab and the LHC FREE
Sun., Oct. 4, 1 p.m.
Grades 6 and up

Arts & Lecture Series: Remembering Fermi
Fri., Oct. 16, 8 p.m.

Arts & Lecture Series: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Sat., Oct. 24, 8 p.m.

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